UAMS to Hold Free Seminar on Colorectal Cancer April 26

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LITTLE ROCK –   A free public seminar on colorectal cancer is set for April 26 at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


The 11th Annual Charles William Rasco III Symposium on Colorectal Cancer will be held from 1-4 p.m. in the Sam Walton Auditorium on the 10th floor of the Cancer Institute. Parking is available in the UAMS outpatient parking deck, located on the corner of Cedar Street and Capitol Avenue. For information, call (501) 686-5578.


The symposium will include three topic discussions, each followed by a question and answer period. The sessions include:

  • “American Cancer Society Screening Guidelines” by Elvan Daniels, M.D.; associate director for Community-Oriented Primary Care at the National Center for Primary Care, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • “Cost Coverage Options” by Glen Mays, Ph.D., associate professor, vice chairman and director of research for the UAMS Department of Health Policy and Management in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health
  • “Role of Supplements” by Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., associate professor of surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine

The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age. Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of death among cancers in men and women in the United States. Colorectal cancer is preventable and highly treatable when detected early.


The Rasco Symposium was established in honor of the late Charles William Rasco III. A Dewitt native, Rasco was diagnosed with colon cancer in September 1991 and died in March 1994 at age 59. Rasco possessed a strong faith in his search to find a cure, which is carried on today by his widow, Nancy Rasco.


Nancy Rasco serves on the Garland County American Cancer Society Board in Hot Springs, and her support of the Cancer Institute’s efforts enable UAMS to offer cancer-related educational opportunities such as the symposium.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,600 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. Visit